Private Project

Coral Reef Restoration

In my short life of 16 years, climate change, declining water quality, overfishing, pollution, and unsustainable coastal development have decimated up to 15% of the world’s coral reefs. In my short film “Coral Reef Restoration,” I demonstrate four simple steps to do something about it.

  • Asa Miller
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 20, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School
  • International Ocean Film Festival
    San Francisco, California
    United States
    April 13, 2023
    World Premiere
  • Florida Environmental Film Festival
    Sarasota, Florida
    United States
    May 12, 2023
    Florida Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Babul Eco Film Festival
    June 1, 2023
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • World Whale Film Festival
    Maui, Hawai'i
    United States
    June 8, 2023
    Hawai'i Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ocean Youth Eco International Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    June 10, 2023
    East Asian Premiere
    Audience Choice Award
  • Mysuru International Water Film Festival
    June 18, 2023
    Bangalore Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • Sittannavasal International Film Festival
    June 20, 2023
    Chennai Premiere
    Best Environment Short Film
  • Maryland Childten's Environmental Film Festival
    Ellicott City, Maryland
    United States
    August 12, 2023
    Maryland Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Neum Underwater Film Festival
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    August 18, 2023
    European Premiere
  • Nature Stories Festival
    August 30, 2023
    Romania Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Steve Aronson International Film Festival
    Costa Rica
    September 10, 2023
    Central American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Eugene Environmental Film Festival
    Eugene, Oregon
    United States
    September 29, 2023
    Oregon Premiere
    Official Selection
  • S.O.F.A. Film Festival

    October 1, 2023
    Cyprus Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week
    Washington, DC
    United States
    October 10, 2023
    Washington, DC, Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Utopia Film Festival
    Greenbelt, Maryland
    United States
    October 21, 2023
    Greenbelt Premiere
    Opening Film
  • Friday Harbor Film Festival Young Filmmakers Showcase
    Friday Harbor, Washington
    United States
    October 26, 2023
    Washington Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Festival Film Bahari
    October 27, 2023
    Indonesian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • ECOCINE - Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental e Direitos
    São Paulo
    November 3, 2023
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Asa Miller

Asa Miller is a junior at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in Scarsdale, New York. He is a coral reef restoration specialist, diver, and filmmaker of international renown, particularly for his work and research in his homeland Cuba. Asa studies piano at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale under Maxim Pakhomov of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has performed at venues around the world. Asa plays lacrosse year-round, starting at midfield for his high school’s varsity team, his club team True Lacrosse Westchester, and Israel’s U18 national team. In 2023, Asa was appointed the first Youth Poet Laureate of Greenburgh, New York. He has a Bluetick Coonhound named Luna and a Southern painted turtle named Turtle.

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Director Statement

The ocean is important to me because I am Cuban. Cuba is surrounded by ocean, so it dictates much of my family’s culture and lifestyle. With less industrial waste and stronger marine protections than most countries, Cuba is also home to some of the best-preserved coral reefs in the world. I live in New York, but have been conducting scientific research in Cuba about how they maintain their coral reefs, and how I can help them to do so. To prepare for my work there, I have taken courses, received certifications, and practiced coral reef restoration. My short film “Coral Reef Restoration” showcases some of my training.